Water – an element in nature that life is constantly surrounded by; an element that has given birth to life on Earth and continues to support it. Although we made our shift to land, our bond with water still remains significant as ever; it is an element that is a basic necessity for our survival. The life on Earth is today plagued by adverse climate changes, global warming, the increasing toxic emissions, rising population, and scarce land resources.
Today, the discourse of ‘smart cities’ has overtaken every conversation discussing the future of architecture. It is a glaring question as to how are we going to address the equation between the contrasting aspects of ecological crises and technological advancement for building our futures. Covering 71% of the Earth, it is now time to look at the water again as a harbinger of life in the near future; a place where human life can again thrive in its original glory. Creating living spaces on water will soon become a need to survive as a “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic” Extract – Greenpeace report on melting ice in Arctic paradigms of nature.
We believe that architects and designers possess the necessary tools and skill set to formulate comprehensive design concepts that have the innate capabilities to help adapt to an issue that is both, multifaceted and enormous. We invite architects, designers, engineers, teachers, thinkers, students and everyone who can imagine a Utopian Aquatic World for the future humans to live in. The participants should focus on creating solutions that enable people to live safely and adapt comfortably to the impending climate change, thus securing living spaces for our future generations.
The competition challenges the participants to create futuristic, water-based habitat for humans to prosper and thrive on this aquatic/amphibian Home that is flood resilient. The participants are to design an aquatic/ amphibian Home that can house 20 individuals with spaces to live in (sleep, rest, sanitize, work and interact). The spaces in the program can support the following:
- Food Generation
- Food Storage
- Water and Energy Generation
The participants are free to think and create their own spaces as a part of the program for the challenge. The aquatic/amphibian dwelling should be self-sustainable, environmentally sound and should be able to survive the harshest seas and weathers of the world. The dwelling can be movable by itself or can use an external agent for changing its location around the world. The participants are to design thinking of a utopian future for humanity on water, one that can be replicated around the world in any number. Source and images Courtesy of Volume Zero.
- Early Bird Registration: 26th June 2018 to 31st August 2018
- Standard Registration: From 1st September 2018 to 30th September 2018
- Last Day for Queries: 15th September, 2018
- Closing Date for Submission: 10th October 2018
- Announcement of Winners: 10th December 2018
Article by Marco Rinaldi